WorkSafeNB's mandate is to develop health and safety legislation, to promote this legislation through whatever means we believe will be most effective, and, through its health and safety officers, to ensure that workplaces comply with the legislation.
Our role is to promote the awareness of new legislation and health and safety in general, while it is the employer's responsibility to ensure that their employees receive the necessary training to work safely.
In New Brunswick, employers have a legal obligation under section 9 of the OHS Act to provide health and safety training to employees.
This section was developed to help ensure that you, as an employer, understand this legal obligation to train your staff on how to work safely and to help you find the resources to assist you with this training.
Below are answers to some of the most common questions we get asked on the topic of health and safety training.
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Under the internal responsibility system (IRS), on which all health and safety legislation in Canada is based, our job at WorkSafeNB is to regulate and develop the necessary legislation to keep employees safe.
Whenever we develop new legislation, our education consultants will often provide awareness sessions around the province on the new legislation. These sessions are intended to introduce the new legislation and to explain how it will affect New Brunswick workplaces. An example of this was when our First Aid Regulation was updated.
Our mandate as an organization is to promote the awareness of new legislation and health and safety in general.
Under the IRS, it is the employer's responsibility to ensure that their employees receive the necessary training to work safely.
WorkSafeNB's role is to develop the necessary legislation, to promote this legislation through whatever means we believe will be most effective, and, through its health and safety officers, to ensure that workplaces comply with the legislation.
To use an example, a health and safety officer inspecting a workplace may notice a guard is missing. They will then write an order for a guard to be put on the machine, but will not tell the company what type of guard to install, how to install it or install it for them. The same applies to an occupational hygienist; they may require a workplace to install a ventilation system but will not tell them what type or model to install and will not do it for them - that is the company's responsibility.
As educators at WorkSafeNB, our job is to make sure employers are aware of new legislation - it is not our job to train their staff.
Simply put, no. It would be very difficult to try to collect the names of every health and safety provider and trainer and the services they provide, and to keep the list up-to-date since every day new businesses start up, while others may close or move.
Also, health and safety is a very complex field and the specific training needs of N.B. workplaces are extremely varied - to list the services health and safety providers could make available would be nearly impossible. That is why we encourage organizations looking for service providers to search the Internet, look through the Yellow Pages and ask your network of colleagues for recommendations or referrals.